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Orrville ABLE to Benefit from Wayne County Community Foundation Grant



Sara Patton, Executive Director of Wayne County Community Foundation recently presented a check to ABLE Coordinator Chris Boyan for the purchase of technology for the ABLE/GED classes offered in Wayne County. 


The Wayne County Community Foundation (WCCF) recently presented a grant of $15,300 to the Wayne County Adult Basic and Literacy program. The check was presented by WCCF executive director Sara Patton and accepted by ABLE Coordinator Chris Boyan. About two-thirds of the money came from the Carl E. Congdon Jr. and Susanna Congdon McIntyre Memorial Fund to be used for a photocopier in Orrville, and the remainder from the John Kaylor Memorial Fund to be used for printers and laptops. 


The WCCF was established in 1978 as a tax-exempt community foundation. Gifts from individuals, families and businesses are used for scholarships, community projects and other charitable purposes throughout the Wayne County area. 


ABLE began in 1968 after Clara Wallace did a survey at the request of Wooster City Schools to determine a need for adult basic education. Classes are held at five locations throughout Wayne County: Central Christian Church in Wooster, First Presbyterian Church of Orrville, the Wayne County Schools Career Center in Smithville, Fredericksburg Community Library, and Rittman Grace Brethren Church. The program also serves the Wayne County Justice Center, and will soon have a new location at Beacon Hill School in Dundee. 


The program also offers Families Learning Together (FLT) and English as a Second Language (ESOL). All are programs of the Wayne County Schools Career Center, but do not receive funding from the school district. All are fully self-funded through grants secured through outside sources. 


ABLE helps adults prepare to take the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test, as well as college and vocational school entrance exams. The GED program is for adults 18 years or older who have not completed high school or lack high school credentials. Classes focus on helping students learn to read, improve math and writing skills, and/or improve English language skills. The program also promotes family literacy, positive parenting and lifelong learning. 


Using a civics-based curriculum, ESOL classes are designed for non-native English-speaking students to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills while learning about U.S. customs, culture, and rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Besides learning English from beginning to advanced levels, ESOL adults may also work to obtain United States citizenship. 


Parents enrolled in ABLE or ESOL classes who have young children ages birth through four can enroll their children in FLT. Parents and their children learn together in a safe, nurturing environment with highly qualified early education teachers. Parenting classes, enrichment seminars on budgeting, nutrition, child safety, and community resources are all a part of daily activities. While adults attend ABLE or ESOL classes, children are right down the hallway in their own learning environment. 


For more information, or to sign up for any ABLE programs, call 330-988-1009.